LiU Humanities - a forum for interdisciplinary research and collaboration

LiU-Humanities coordinates, develops and showcases research at Linköping University. The forum supports research environments within the humanities and social sciences.

LiU Humanities builds network, develops courses for research education, initiates projects and creates the conditions required for innovative interdisciplinary research into continuity and transformation in culture and society. LiU Humanities strives to improve the status of humanities research in a broad sense, and aspires to participate proactively in ongoing transformations of the research landscape.

As a forum for collaboration and the intermediation of research in the humanities, LiU Humanities aims to initiate and promote researcher meetings, exhibitions, public lectures and debates, and to support the development of knowledge laboratories and editorial environments in collaboration with public institutions such as museums and libraries.

Through collaboration with the journal Culture Unbound: Journal of Current Cultural Research, LiU Humanities stimulates discussion relating to the form and preconditions for scientific open-access publication.

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Challenging Times Hothouse 2022: The Case for a New Political Imagination

Application deadline: 30 April 2022 – Duration: 11 – 13 May 2022 – Linköping University, Sweden – live presentation, discussions, workshops, interest cell formations events. Attendance: live or on-line.

During the first two years of the decade the political world has perceptibly changed. Covid changed it, so did the war in Ukraine, continued fear of conflict from Chinese regional expansion, greater recognition of the coming impacts of climate change, the crisis of democracy in the U.S. and Europe, so did the ascent of pariah states, with Russia at their fore. These are some of the most obvious examples of what is now the unfolding of the new world (dis)order that prompts this event. It can’t just be talk. It has spark projects. It can’t just be an outpouring of idealism. It has to deliver pathways to re-directive action.

The event is open to graduate students, social and political activists, artists, writers, journalist, performers, designers, young and mature academics, organic intellectuals who recognize the complexity of the times demand times and that a new political imagination is essential. Participants will get a chance hear and meet Tony Fry, Madina Tlostanova, Manuela Boatca, Adam Nocek, Barbara Predan, Rolando Vazquez, Eliza Steinbock, Dulmini Perera, Maria Vlachou, Fredy Mora Gamez, Ruben Hordijk and others.

Expressions of interest by emailing your name, city, country, what you do and 50-80 words why you would like to attend to Madina Tlostanova ( or Tony Fry ( The participants will be selected based on the quality of the applications as well as gender balance and diversity. The event is free of charge, but those attending travel and meet accommodation costs at their own expense. All presentation and discussion will take place in English.

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